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Happiness or Wholeness?


When taking a break from work, there are a couple of blogs that I frequent.  One of them is Cup of Jo.  Earlier last year she talked about a quote on happiness that focused on switching our idea of life being about the pursuit of happiness to life being about the search for wholeness.

Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say, “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness.” Ask yourself, “Is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is. – Hugh MacKay

Seriously, what an awesome idea.  In the world of young adult cancer survivors, caregivers, and young adult illness sufferers, not every moment is happy.  Often we can even feel put down by friends and family when we spend somewhat long stretches of time awkwardly dealing with the difficulties we face.  If we seek wholeness, togetherness, and companionship, happiness will happen along the way.

So, what do you think…happiness or wholeness?